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The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

First, to answer a few questions that I’m sure have been plaguing you since last I wrote…

  • No, I didn’t succumb to the a Icy Fingers Of Death after leaving my drift covered home in search of food and water.
  • Yes, I am still running two companies (Frontier Digital – technology consulting and Receptive Audio – audio messaging for retail & hospitality).  Both are thriving.
  • No, I haven’t given up on FrameAlbum.
  • and Yes, I’m still shooting photos.

Truth be told, my ‘jobs’ have occupied an large amount of my life leaving little time for fun projects, like FrameAlbum.  The service is still running, and feeding frames all over the world.  But alas I have not been able to give it the attention it deserves.

Hope springs infernal, or something…

Along with the much anticipated arrival of spring in my hemisphere comes a large project to my desk.  I’ve accumulated several servers over the years, spread around a few hosting providers, with no real rhyme or reason to it.  Most of them are getting rather long in the tooth and are becoming difficult to update because of all the ‘fixes’ I’ve put in place over the years. The time has come to clean things up.

I’ve started work to consolidate all my various internet projects onto a single set of servers running on Amazon’s EC2 service.  This affords my the opportunity to update all the system and supporting software up to current releases and to reduce my overall costs.  Most of my smaller projects have already been moved and this site will have moved by the time you read this.

Included in this project is the FrameAlbum service.  As I move it to it’s new home I’ll be cleaning up the worst of the problem cases (such as the password issue) and giving it a performance boost along the way.

Don’t give up on me yet folks — I ain’t dead yet.

D-Link Progress Report

D-Link DSM-210 image
D-Link DSM-210

I’ve ran squarely into a brick wall with the D-Link DSM-210 frame.  I can get it to display the info page with the activation code with no problem however after activation all I can manage to get is a ‘no items’ message on the screen.  I’ve scoured all the notes/emails I have on this frame and I’m very stuck.  I’m sad to report that I’m going to back-burner support for this (and the related D-Link DIR-685) frame until I can get further info. on these frames.

I’m going to return to work on Facebook integration; please hold your applause until I deliver it. 😉

Happy New Year!

Planned maintenance tonight (Dec. 22 overnight)

My hosting provider has informed me that they are performing some upgrades to the power systems in their data center this weekend. I will be powering-down the FrameAlbum server during the upgrades. The website and frame update feeds will be unavailable from approx. 11PM ET Dec 22 (4AM Dec 23 GMT) until approx. 9AM ET Dec 23 (2PM Dec 23 GMT).

During this time the website will be unavailable and your frames will not be able to pull updates from the service. This mostly affects the weather radar feeds; they will receive no updates during this period.

I will be posting updates on the @FrameAlbum Twitter feed and our Facebook page.

Happy Holidays!

UPDATE: Apparently I can’t read calendars very well. The original post indicated that this outage would occur overnight Friday to Saturday AM – WRONG. The correct timeframe is Saturday overnight to Sunday AM. Too much eggnog I guess. 😉

Sticky Note image

Now where did I leave that sticky note….

Sticky Note imageI’m finally filling an profound gap in the functionality of FrameAlbum today… I’ve added a ‘Forgot Password’ function. Duh.

If you activate the function (just under the ‘Login’ button on the right side of the page) you will be asked to enter either your FrameAlbum username or, the email address you used when registering for the service.

The system will then email you a special link that will allow you to reset your password.